Stop, Collaborate and Listen

There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes at DevelopHer over the past few weeks. We are building a new website, planning our launch party, autumn events, and continuing to build on our partnerships with some awesome UK and European initiatives.

We are committed to elevating women in technology and to pursue our mission of supporting women in professional, personal and political opportunities we’d like to expand our network. As firm fans of collaboration within the community we’ve grown great relationships with a number of organisations including Geek Girl Meetup, Blooming Founders, and Women Who Code and want to continue to seek out and partner with other organisations with similar values.

If you know of any other groups, initiatives or organisations you think we should get to know or events we should share, please put us in touch via developHer.org@gmail.com .

One of our newest partnerships is with SyncDevelopHER, an East Anglian initiative committed to promoting gender equality in technology. The awesome organisation is behind the DevelopHER Awards; showcasing the East Anglian technology industry’s leading female talent. The next Awards are in Ipswich on 30th November 2016 and tickets are available now . We’re excited to be working together with them and hope to partner on bringing their East Anglian based event to London in the near future.

Coming up we invite you to join us on 20th September at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society as we collaborate with WOW Talks bringing our mentoring experience to  WOW Talks:Women In Tech. Please use code developherwow2016 for £10 off.

As ever, to stay in the know for all things DevelopHer including our launch party please keep an eye on twitter and subscribe to our mailing list HERE.

Team DevelopHer

Welcome to DevelopHER

To our wonderful members,

We are extremely excited to announce that we’ll be launching under the new name DevelopHER, and will be partnering closely with StartHER in Paris as well as a number of other organisations supporting women in technology worldwide.

Thank you for bearing with us while we’ve taken the time to get our new community initiative right. We are as committed as we’ve ever been to elevating women in technology and will pursue our mission of giving women the same professional, personal and political opportunities as men.

We will be transparent about our plans for the future, finances, and team.

We are committed to you, and will always do what is best for you and our wider community.

We will welcome everyone – inclusive of all genders, experiences, and backgrounds. We are best when we work together.

DevelopHER events and programmes will start running in September and in the meantime please do reach out to us with any questions you might have.

Here’s to an incredibly bright future, we can’t wait to see you all again soon,

Team DevelopHER

 

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An announcement from the UK team

In response to the statement on the Girls in Tech London Facebook page, we are disappointed by the way in which Girls in Tech Global has chosen to separate from the UK team. Following discussions on growth, goals and the new GIT Global revenue model, we are no longer affiliated with Girls in Tech Global.

We are incredibly proud of all that’s been achieved over the past four years and appreciate the hard work, support and collaboration with our valued community that made it possible.

During this time, we have built up a passionate community of over 10,000+, supported and run a plethora of events ranging from conferences, panels and networking sessions, to skills, CV, and coaching workshops.

Highlights include bringing 40 women together to meet prominent female role models at 10 Downing Street, collaborating with other female and tech networks, a weekend workshop teaching 100 women to code, as well as the amazing success and results of our mentoring programme.

However, the journey isn’t over for this team. We continue to uphold our belief in supporting females and diversity in technology, business, entrepreneurship and innovation.

We will be putting on more events, programmes and workshops, as part of a new, exciting and fully-inclusive initiative.

Look out for the launch in the coming weeks. We will be celebrating with a launch party and look forward to welcoming you there!

Speak soon,

Emily, Lora, Josephine, Sally, Maya, Louise, Phoebe, Ella, Alessia, Laura, and the Associate team

Soz Moss: DevelopHer Mentoring Programme

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Soz Moss

About the author: Soz is a graduate of the DevelopHer mentoring scheme. Her interests lie in people and politics, and is taking her digital marketing background out to Ethiopia for the next year. 

 

 

 

 

On a miserable Monday, working late in the office the inevitable, millennial questioning kicked in.

“WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE? WHY AM I HERE? WHY AM I SPENDING SO MUCH TIME IN THIS GLASS BOX?” I could go on.

Workwise everything was going ok. I’d been in a start-up creative consultancy for two years. We were growing, as were my responsibilities. I really liked the team and the work, but something didn’t feel right. I longed to do something different, to shake things up, experience a new way of living, challenge myself.

I realised I needed some help. Cue search terms ‘mentoring scheme London’. A quick browse led me to the DevelopHer mentoring programme. And the rest they say is history.

Within two sessions, I’d quit my job. Motivated to follow my genuine interests, I went through an extended interview process for a role I was told I would never get. Then I got it. Now I am off to Ethiopia for a year. A new challenge for sure.

Over the course of 6 months, the DevelopHer mentoring scheme has helped me in ways I never imagined. It’s worth saying that I’m really not one of those super organized people who think ahead when it comes to their careers. I’d never been to a DevelopHer event before, in fact, thinking about it, I’d never been to any career specific event before.

I’ve transformed into a real advocate for mentoring and self-development programmes. Listening to the advice of those who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt puts everything into perspective. Mentors are totally objective – they’re not motivated by any need to tell you what you want to hear. In fact, as I experienced, they are more likely to tell you what you don’t want to hear. There is nothing more motivating.

I now look at my career through an entirely different lens; I’m getting better at working out what I want, then getting out there to find it. I’ve learnt to never settle for less – our most recent mentoring session focused on negotiation, the next day I walked away from a job offer because it wasn’t on my terms. Two days later, I got the salary I wanted.

More than anything else, the mentoring programme has highlighted the power of sharing experiences. Every session, the mentees share a quick one-minute update around a theme. There is so much change amongst us between sessions; it’s phenomenal to recognize the speed of our growth. Between meetings our WhatsApp group is inundated with success stories – coverage in national papers one day, salary increases the next. It inspires the entire group. The energy is self-perpetuating.

And then there is the power of mentors sharing their experiences. This varied and dynamic team share how they handle a range of work things – pay, leadership, getting stuff done. Sometimes they tell us off for self-doubting, other times they just tell us we’re great. They’re total gurus and we’re all so grateful.

I’m not sure how we can repay everyone involved. Telling others that they have to apply for the next programme might help. Continuing to support each other will happen inevitably I’m sure. How about settling for rocking the industry? When it happens I can’t wait to hear everyone’s stories. No doubt it will continue to spur us and other girls on.

DevelopHer Mentoring Programme Results

The first DevelopHer Mentoring Programme has achieved its goal of providing women with tailored mentorship from key figures in the technology industry to help progress their careers.

Over the course of the programme 60% of the mentees saw a great improvement in their negotiation skills which led to half of them achieving a promotion and half of the others started their own business, initiative within their company or simply started a new course to grow more skills. The programme consisted of expert panels on a variety of topics including negotiation, presentation and leadership skills, alongside speed mentoring sessions.

By providing their time and expert insight, the mentors from leading technology companies such as Google, Unruly, Lloyds Bank and Cult LDN, supported our aims to help raise the visibility of women in technology.

Key stats from the programme include:

  • Following a key session from Amplify coach Stewart Bewley, 91% of the mentees report their presentations skills have greatly improved
  • With networking opportunities at each mentoring session, 70% of the mentees are now totally at ease with networking
  • As a large proportion of the mentees have made significant changes to their careers since the start of the programme, 80% state they would not have achieved what they have without the mentoring programme

The first DevelopHer Mentoring Programme was a great success which the team hopes to emulate for years to come. It would not have been possible without the help and support from the mentors and of course the sponsors Not on the High Street and La Fosse Associates.

Those results were announced officially at a private graduation party hosted at Decoded on the 9th of March, where each of the mentees on the programme presented their own personal journey to Baroness Joanna Shields, our ambassador for this first programme.

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Credits: Alessia D’Urso for Girls in Tech UK Mentoring programme

“The digital world is incredible, but it’s our bonds with others that makes us human. Top women championing future leaders, taking on the mantle of role model, mentor and friend makes all the difference.

The fast growing tech industry is well placed to lead the way and encourage more women to reach the top. Mentoring young women is a vital effort in achieving this goal. It’s my privilege to support Girls In Tech [now DevelopHer].”

Baroness Joanna Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security, UK Government

DevelopHer UK Mentoring Programme Graduation Party

Tonight we are celebrating the end of the DevelopHer UK Mentoring Programme with a graduation party, graciously hosted by Decoded.

Baroness Shields, Ambassador of the programme bringing mentors, will give a speech to congratulate the women that have embarked on the programme and taken steps to forge a successful career in tech.

Kathryn Parsons, Founder of Decoded, and the DevelopHer team will follow with short speeches on the need for more visibility to women who are working in tech and the importance of a supportive network to succeed.

DeverlopHer’s first mentoring programme cohort of 15 mentees will each present their story and experience of the mentoring programme.  A number of inspirational mentors will be attending as well as some of the hundreds of women that applied to the mentoring programme last year.

The programme results will be released on the night along a promotional video for the next programme starting in September 2016.

A very special thank you to Not on the High Street and La Fosse Associates for generously sponsoring the programme.

Evening agenda:

  • 6:30pm – Welcome drinks
  • 7pm – Speeches from Baroness Shields, Kathryn Parsons, Girls in Tech team
  • 7:30pm – Speeches from each of the mentees
  • 8pm – Networking, drinks & canapés

For press enquiries: please contact developher.org@gmail.com

#IWD2016: Celebrating Women in Tech

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About the author: Ashley Krupnik is a Senior Account Manager, Digital at Edelman UK with a keen interest in the technology sector. 

The tech industry is filled with successful, inspirational female founders and leaders. International Women’s Day (along with every day) is a time to celebrate women in tech and the progress made as a female collective.

Female Founders are important. They provide a different way of thinking and diversify the tech industry which is widely known as being dominated by men. Women make up approximately 25% of the tech industry (Huffington Post). Women are underrepresented in digital roles; although making up nearly 50% of the workforce in the UK, females only account for 20% of digital roles (DCMS).

Highlighting the success and gains made by women in the tech industry, here are a few notable women paving the way and taking a different approach that inspire me!

  • Marcela Sapone – CoFounder, Hello Alfred:
    • On the Forbes 30 under 30 list and winner of the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Competition Sapone and her CoFounder have tapped into the millennial mindset and used consumer tech to free up the most valuable thing this generation has: their
  • Susan Wojcicki, CEO YouTube:
    • Involved in Google from the early startup stages, Susan is now one of the most powerful females in the US Tech scene as the CEO of YouTube. Working to further female voices and initiatives, YouTube has partnered with the UN on the Sustainable Development Action campaign to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Ruchi Sanghvi – First female engineer at Facebook, Founder of Cove later bought by DropBox, now on the board of Paytm
    • Ruchi has been in the tech industry for nearly a decade, inserting herself in the male dominated industry from the outset, becoming the first female engineer at Facebook. Continuing to lead within the industry she developed her own company Cove, worked as the VP of Ops at DropBox and is now working with Patym.
  • Nancy Hua – Founder of Apptimize:
    • First hearing about Nancy Hua’s work as part of the Y Combinator, Nancy Hua left a male dominated industry of trading to forge her way in another, the start-up scene. Optimistic about the future of females in the tech industry, Nancy Hua believes the cone of possibility is expanding and more people will be able to enter the tech space and choose based on goals rather than conventional boundaries.

All of these women are pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and seeking to bring other females up the tech ladder with them.

Today is a day not only to celebrate the achievements of specific women in tech but to come together as a collective and work to achieve even more. There are multiple reasons why females don’t enter the tech field from insufficient early stage STEM education, lack of awareness, intimidation, etc. As women in the field we can all do our part to educate, raise awareness, encourage and inspire other women to come on the tech journey with us.

Initiatives like the Sephora Accelerate program are looking to target female founders and help them make it in the beauty space where the number of female-founded companies are still underrepresented.

The DCMS (Department for Culture, Media & Sport) is also hosting a Women in Digital round table to unpack the barriers preventing women from undertaking digital roles. Closing shortly as the discussion is on International Women’s Day, a survey is available to share your opinion on the changes that need to be made. Have your say here!

Some of the resources (Outside of GIT!) that are bringing women together to inspire and encourage a larger presence in the tech space I follow are below – have a look!

  • Women Tech Founders – inspiring women to use technology to reach their dreams.
  • Blooming Founders – a network for early stage female entrepreneurs.
  • Female Founder Fridays – interviews with amazing female founders every Friday, sign up for the newsletter!
  • Rocket Podcast – one of the few female only tech podcasts out there with a little bit of movie, game and book talk in there.

There is also an amazing event on tonight to mark International Women’s Day #IWD2016: Powering the Next Generation of Female Tech Entrepreneurs at Campus London. Learn more and register your place here – sorry men, ladies only.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Ashley Krupnik, Senior Account Manager, Digital at Edelman UK

IG: @ashleymadeline / TW: @ashkrup